Vietnamese exports of agricultural products must meet food safety, quality and traceability requirements to China which now requires that exports be sent through official channels only. Tran Thanh Nam, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that Vietnamese producers must change their mindset about China and improve production to meet new market requirements. He noted that businesses in the past thought China was an easy market because of lax regulations and border control. However, that is no longer the case as standards are now much higher. Nam spoke at an international workshop on food safety and management of imports and exports of agro-forestry-fishery products between the two countries. With a market size of up to 1.4 billion people, China is the major export market for agricultural, forestry and fishery products from Viet Nam. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been working closely with the General Department of Customs of China to remove obstacles and organise market information meetings, according to Nam. “Enterprises must ensure the quality of goods, traceability of origin, and packaging labels similar to those of difficult markets such as the US, Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada, where Vietnamese businesses have followed the same regulations,”… Read full this story
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